About Ilyssa Fuchs

Ilyssa Fuchs is an attorney, freelance writer, and activist from New York City, who holds both a juris doctor and a political science degree. She is the founder of the popular Facebook page Politically Preposterous and a blog of the same name. Follow Ilyssa on Twitter @IlyssaFuchs, and be sure to check out her archives on Forward Progressives as well!

The “Serious Constitutional Problem” With The GOP Attempt to Kill Obamacare

This week, the Supreme Court heard the case King v. Burwell, conservatives’ latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. At issue is the availability of tax subsidies for people who purchase health insurance on a marketplace created by the federal government. The Petitioners – the people bringing the lawsuit  – are […]

Explaining Hobby Lobby & Harris Without Perpetuating Hysteria By Distorting Law & Fact

Hobby Lobby If you are looking for an overblown reaction to the Hobby Lobby case, you won’t find it in this article. The decision in Hobby Lobby, while disappointing, was not unexpected. In fact, this exact decision was predicted by former ACLU President Nadine Strossen in my special interview with her last week. Am I disappointed? […]

Special Interview with Former ACLU President, Nadine Strossen

On Sunday, June 22nd 2014, I was lucky enough to hold an exclusive interview with former President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and current New York Law Professor of Constitutional Law, Nadine Strossen, regarding the Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius case, on Let Your Voice Be Heard Radio. Here is the excerpted version: A few months ago the […]

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Criticizing Hillary Clinton for Her Criminal Defense Work is Wrong

In 1975, Hillary Clinton was assigned to represent Thomas Alfred Taylor, who was accused of raping a 12-year-old girl. Although Taylor was charged with first degree rape, through her zealous defense, Clinton, his attorney, was able to get him the lesser charge of unlawful fondling of a minor under the age of 14. In the past few […]

Michael Sam and Public Displays of Affection: Guess What? Consenting Adults Kiss, Look Away If You Don’t Like It

On the evening Michael Sam was drafted, ESPN showed this emotional video of Sam kissing his boyfriend after finding out he had been picked by the St. Louis Rams: Since then, I’ve heard a lot of people say, “Well I don’t care if Michael Sam is gay, but did he have to kiss his boyfriend on TV?” I […]

The Daily-Ish: Bundy Ranch, Republicans Kill the Paycheck Fairness Act, and the Political Layer Cake

Bundy Ranch. Seriously, how did this become such a big news story when the entire thing is utterly ridiculous? I’m not much of a gambler, but if I was, I’d put a hundred bucks on this not even making regional news (let alone national news) if a Republican were president. Now to be completely fair […]

The Daily-Ish: Dubya Paints, Louie Gohmert and Allen West Keep the Crazy Train Going

After his presidency ended, Jimmy Carter founded the Carter Center. Even today, he travels extensively, working to advance important disease prevention and eradication efforts in developing nations, conduct peace negotiations, and observe elections. George H.W. Bush served as honorary chairman for an organization dedicated to solving social problems through volunteer service, and up until recently, was involved in several […]

The Daily-Ish: The ACA’s Non-Existent “Death Spiral,” Benghazi (Again!?), Prison Rape, and Paul Ryan’s “New” (Old) Budget

Welcome to my new column, The Daily-Ish. I’m sure you’re wondering what this new column is all about. Ok maybe you aren’t wondering, but I am going to tell you anyway. As the name implies, it will be published daily-ish, which is essentially a fancy way of me saying a few times a week (hopefully) when […]

The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend: Liberals, Libertarians, & Marijuana Legalization

I strongly believe that marijuana legalization is an issue that “liberals” and “libertarians” can and should be working on together – pushing the federal government and the state governments to legalize. The problem is, while many people in both groups favor legalization to some degree, many people in both groups are also unable to press […]

D.C Circuit Upholds Force-Feeding of Guantanamo Inmates

Last week, in a two-to-one decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that courts may oversee conditions at Guantanamo as part of a habeas corpus lawsuit. The ruling overturned two lower court decisions that judges could not oversee these types of matters. However, the Court refused to grant […]